Since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Parkland has been recognized globally for its expertise in the delivery of quality trauma care. Parkland is recognized statewide and nationally for its contributions in improving trauma care over the years.
The trauma program began with an institutional commitment and partnership between Parkland and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Since its inception, the program has evolved from a trauma medical director and trauma coordinator to one of the most innovative trauma programs in the nation, which features an advanced comprehensive case management program and dedicated trauma/critical care surgeons program.
In 1988, Parkland achieved Level 1 trauma verification. The verification marked the first time a Texas hospital received such recognition and put Parkland on the map as a model system in the delivery of trauma care.
In 1992, a Trauma Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist was added to the program to meet the psychological needs of the patients and their families. The program expanded in 1995 to add a Trauma Outreach Education Coordinator to arrange professional education and an Injury Prevention Coordinator to develop and manage the injury prevention activities.
Parkland's comprehensive trauma care program is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of leaders from many areas of the hospital, including injury prevention, operating services particularly in critical care, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, anesthesia, urology, radiology, emergency medicine, emergency department and inpatient services, nursing, psychosocial services, rehabilitation, and research.
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